The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Avon Products missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped and GAAP earnings per share contracted to zero.
Margins contracted across the board.
Avon Products notched revenue of $3.04 billion. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted net sales of $3.11 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 4.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $3.18 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.39. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.51 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS shrank to zero from the prior-year quarter's $0.52.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 61.1%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.1%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.0%, 720 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.58 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.33.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $11.24 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.72.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 373 members out of 425 rating the stock outperform, and 52 members rating it underperform. Among 127 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 115 give Avon Products a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Avon Products is outperform, with an average price target of $22.64.
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